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STATESMAN OPINION: THE GROWING SIREN ‘NONSENSE’ MUST END

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In April, this year, the Ghana Police Service served a notice of its readiness to clamp down on the authorized use of siren which has become a real nuisance in the capital and other cities in the country.

In April, this year, the Ghana Police Service served a notice of its readiness to clamp down on the authorized use of siren which has become a real nuisance in the capital and other cities in the country.

 

The notice followed a one week ultimatum issued by the police against the installation and use of sirens by unuthorised persons.

Unfortunately, seven months after the directive was issued, with assurance of clamp down by the Police, the situation appears getting worse day in, day out.

Regulation 74 of the Road Traffic Regulations of 2012 (LI.2180) states: “A person shall not fit on a motor vehicle a warning appliance other than a type approved by the licensing Authority (DVLA)”.

Those that are allowed by the Legislative Instrument to use sirens are: a government vehicle used for official purpose by the Head of State; a Police vehicle, a motor vehicle used by the Fire Service; a motor vehicle used as ambulance of a hospital or clinic; recognized government security agencies and a bullion vehicle registered by the Licensing Authority.

This LI, therefore, makes it a clear offence for any person not within the above listed entities to install or use siren.

But as if there are no laws in the country against the practice, the use of siren has been allowed to become a real nuisance to the public, creating a lot of discomfort and anger among the public.

As it stands now, everybody who can afford to buy, install and use siren appears to be at liberty to do so because they are available in the open market.

We are particularly worried about what has become of the plan by the police to deal with this growing nuisance, which is creating a bad impression about the government.

The fact of the matter is that in our part of the world, many people think any moving vehicle fitted with a siren is occupied by a government appointee or somebody close to the corridors of power.

The increasing use of siren is therefore seen by many as arrogance and abuse of power by appointees of the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party government.

In this regard, we at the Daily Statesman think if the Inspector General of Police and his officers are not interested in fighting this nuisance, the appointing authority must be very much concerned.